4host is a web hosting company founded in 2005. Located in Switzerland, it offers shared hosting, reseller hosting, domain registration, and digital marketing services. Over the years, it has served over 800 customers with 5000+ registered domains and 4000+ hosted websites.
The company’s servers are located in Falkenstein, Germany, and Lugano, Switzerland. Its website is available in Italian and English.
Features and Ease of Use
4host offers numerous shared hosting categories with three plans in each of them, offering varying resources. They are suitable for small to medium-sized businesses and individuals. These are the features on offer:
- 99.98% uptime
- Anywhere from 500MB to 100GB storage space
- Up to unlimited bandwidth
- Up to 30 add-on domains
- Automatic backups on a few plans
- Free Domain
- Free autoSSL
DDoS happens for many reasons like a disgruntled employee, seriously annoyed customer, or even just the desire to hack. Small websites are not exempt from them, so it’s nice to see that 4host provides DDoS protection of up to 10Gbit per second.
Also, if you take any of the dedicated hosting plans, your website will be on cloud infrastructure, which does a lot to mitigate attacks.
4host provides RAID protection to ensure that customers don’t lose their data in the case of hardware failure. Dedicated hosting customers also get SSD, which does a lot to provide fantastic performance.
If you plan on using a CMS, you won’t have to deal with the gripes of manual installation, especially if you don’t know how to do it. The company features a one-click installer for easy installation of CMSes like WordPress and Joomla! from your control panel.
The company also provides a website builder with a drag-and-drop tool and free modern templates that you can use to design your website without the knowledge of HTML.
It takes beginner-friendliness seriously and as such, deals with a friendly control panel as well – cPanel.
Pricing and Support
Although 4host doesn’t offer a free trial, it has a free plan with 500MB storage, 4,000MB bandwidth, and two email accounts. However, the allocated resources are only great for simple, small websites and it doesn’t come with a website builder.
The paid plans are pretty cheap for the features that come with them. The prices are in Swiss Franc and only offer a one-year subscription period. One plus, though, is that it provides a free domain registration for .ch, .li, .com, .it, .fr, .de, .eu, .org, .biz, .info, .net, .co.uk , .be, and .es domains.
You can pay with bank transfer, PayPal balance, or credit/debit cards. 4host provides a 30-day money-back guarantee, as well.
4host is one company that does well for customer support. I sent an email and got a response in a short while. Also, it has a knowledge base that contains rich information on technical issues and other hosting matters. You can contact the agents through phone, ticket, and email.